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Minnesota has a rich history of computer industry development. A number of early industry leaders – such as Control Data Corporation – were based here.

Today, information technology companies operate statewide in industries ranging from manufacturing and retail sales to software development and IT services.

Talent Makes Things Happen

We have a skilled and educated workforce – and promote our talent pipeline

  • Minnesota postsecondary institutions conferred more than 3,100 degrees awarded in Computer and Information Sciences annually (Note: Degrees exclude Walden and Capella University because they are online universities only) (Minnesota Office of Higher Education, 2016-2017).
  • Minnesota ranks seventh in Technology and Innovation (CNBC, 2019).
  • Minnesota ranks 10th in software related patents per capita nationwide (U.S. Trademark and Patent Office, 2018).
  • Information technology and telecommunications industries in Minnesota employ around 137,600 people in 2018 – up 13 percent since 2010. These industries had nearly 12,400 business locations (EMSI, 2018).
  • Average earnings in IT and telecommunications are competitive compared to other high-tech states and the nation:
    • National average: $126,763
    • California: $180,982
    • Massachusetts: $163,648
    • Washington: $172,267
    • Illinois: $119,517
    • Minnesota: $109,292

(Source: EMSI, based on the Purdue definition of Information Technology and Telecommunications)

IT Companies

Many companies with IT-related products and services are headquartered in Minnesota or have major operations here. Just a handful of examples:

  • Manufacturing: 3M, IBM, Honeywell, Polar Semiconductor, SkyWater Technology Foundry
  • Software: Ceridian Corp, Code 42, Coherent Solutions, Digital River and Infor (Formerly Lawson Software)
  • Telecommunications and Internet service: Arvig, AT&T, CenturyLink, Frontier Communications, Sprint, Verizon
  • Data centers: Cologix, DataBank, IronGate
  • Retailers and wholesalers of electronic equipment: Best Buy, Digi-Key

The state of Minnesota offers various incentives and assistance to help entrepreneurs and startups.

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